Category Archives: Christmas

Podcast Notes for “Christmas With College & Adult Children Part 1”

Podcast Notes for Christmas With College and Adult Children

1. Which Traditions to Continue

A. Find out from children

i. Joshua’s first Christmas married
ii. Kayla flying home

B. Our “always” ones

i. Christmas decorating night
ii. Our own “Christmas Eve”
iii. Our own “Christmas Day”

 

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Christmas Read Alouds: If You’re Missing Baby Jesus

Christmas Read Alouds - If You're Missing Baby Jesus

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is reading aloud from Christmas stories.

We have done this for so many years that we have a handful of them that we try to read whenever some of the grown kids are over during December–and especially on our family Christmas decorating night and Christmas Eve. (Many of our favorites are in Joe Wheeler’s “Christmas Stories From the Heart” books.)

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Podcast: Christmas With College & Adult Children Part I

Podcast - Christmas With College and Adult Children

Donna Reish, of Raising Kids With Character and Character Ink Press, brings you answers to questions about celebrating Christmas with college and adult children. From how to include marrieds and college kids to gift ideas and party games, Donna loves sharing about her family’s traditions and celebrations. 

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Family Christmas Gifts: Call It Game

Family Christmas Gifts: The Call-It Game

Every Christmas I try to get one or two great family game, that one game that everybody will love, that will get us around the dining room table in the dark winter evenings, talking, laughing, and having fun. I have struck gold many years for our family games, and the year we got Call It was one of those years.

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Christmas With College and Adult Children: Our Family Decorating Night

Christmas With College and Adult Children: Our Family Decorating Night

One thing that draws high school and college kids like nothing else is food. Seriously. Food. Especially boys.

As I’ve already mentioned, preparing and/or buying kids’ favorite foods and treats is a great way to their hearts. Smile (See Kids’ Faves worksheets available here for free!)

And, as I’ve already mentioned in our “Continue With Earlier Traditions,” we always invite all of the kids over for our decorating night Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are some tips from our decorating night:

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Christmas Goodies: Buckeye Recipe

Christmas Goodies: Buckeye Recipe

A simple candy (though the dipping process is best done by older kids or adults or you’ll have peanut butter balls floating in your melted chocolate!) that most people love. I’m always amazed how quickly we run out of these in spite of the large amount it seems we make on candy days.

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Christmas With College and Adult Kids: Family Unity at Christmas

Christmas With College and Adult Kids: Family Unity at Christmas

Christmas with college and adult kids can easily turn into a fiasco if family members are not careful to put other people first. Selflessness is the key to family harmony at all ages—but especially with college and adult kids simply because when someone has a bad attitude or is selfish, parents really have no recourse with grown kids. (It’s not like you’re going to send a twenty-four year old to his room!)

 

My advice for this is not going to be the most helpful for families with grown kids THIS Christmas. But families with younger children really need to grasp the idea that whatever is happening in your home among siblings now is likely not going to magically go away when they are adults.

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Plastic Wrap Christmas: Big Kid Fun

Plastic Wrap Christmas: Big Kid Fun

Plastic wrap prizes! Several have asked how we do this activity, so here is a somewhat-clear description! (The pics are a little grainy in our living room that night!)

One thing that I highly recommend as you prepare for Christmas with teens and adults is that you try to make new memories…that you try to do things that are applicable to their ages. Yes, we definitely continue some of the earlier traditions. But we’ve also added new ones that are more age-appropriate. One of those is plastic wrap prizes.

This activity could be in lieu of stockings, Christmas Eve PJs, piñatas, etc. It is a ton of fun for teens and adults. With younger kids, there’s always a danger of some disappointment if they get Chapstick or antacids (lol!), but with teens and adults, it is all just good fun. Lots of laughs. Lots of usable items. And more family unity than you would think, LOL!

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Christmas With College and Adult Children: Mistletoe and Chap Stick

Christmas With College and Adult Children: Mistletoe and Chap Stick

My husband loves to do clever things all the time—pranks on the kids, jokes, etc. He also likes to do special things for the kids—and let them know that he was thinking of them. (Not just that Mom thought of a special thing and had him “sign on” for it!) I love this about him, and it makes our kids feel so well-parented by BOTH parents.

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December Podcast Schedule Change

December Podcast Schedule Change

Dear podcast listeners and friends of Raising Kids With Character,

I will be unable to do the full five weeks of podcast episodes in December due to an illness that has put my dad in the hospital for at least ten days and maybe up to two weeks, including: surgery. I thought I could get it all done, working in the hospital in between talking with doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc., until my computer died at the hospital yesterday.

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